The Duomo is a cathedral in Florence, Italy that I have had the opportunity to get to see twice in my life. This building has influenced me in a positive way because I had such a memorable experience when I saw it. My dad and I visited it two years ago when we first went to Florence. When you first come upon the building it is breathtaking because it is this magnificent cathedral in the middle of a small piazza. Then you go inside and the church is magnificent with high painted ceilings and stained glass windows. You then have to go up these extremely steep narrow stairs in order to be able to climb up to the dome. The stairs are extremely old and enclosed and I was feeling very claustrophobic while climbing up them. I didn’t even think I would be able to make it to the top because there were so many stairs and I was getting really shaky because they were so steep. Then I finally made it to the top and you step out on the roof of the dome and it is the most breathtaking view of the city of Florence. It was such a contrast from being in the tiny, enclosed stairs to being out in the open on top of this cathedral looking out for what seems like miles. In the end I was so glad I chose to go up to the top because I got to have the whole experience of visiting the Duomo. I was even lucky enough to be able to go back again the next summer and experience it all over again.
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